Basics Training

When:

January 17-18, 2008
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reception on Thursday, January 17, 5-6 p.m.

Location:

American University, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
12.50 CLE Credits Pending

Sponsor:

Sponsored by the National Academy of IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, Seattle University School of Law and the American University Washington College of Law

Program Schedule and Description

This program is intended for special education hearing officers with little or no previous experience. It will provide an understanding of the basic concepts and practices of special education required by hearing officers new to the field or seeking a refresher, with an emphasis on basic techniques and practices in conducting special education hearings and reaching decisions pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Registration is available only to persons who are currently serving as special education hearing officers and state-level administrators who have no policy-making responsibilities.

Schedule:

Thursday, January 17, 2008
8 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Overview S. James Rosenfeld, Academy Director and Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law; Jennifer Dabson, Director, Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education, American University Washington College of Law
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Disability as a Concept: Historical Overview and Development; Constitutional and Caselaw Background Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Director, Disability Rights Law Clinic, Washington College of Law, American University; Sy DuBow, Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, Hearing Officer, District of Columbia
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. The Purposes and Policy Underpinnings of IDEA: What hearing officers need to know and understand to do their job. Robert Silverstein, Esq., Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC, Washington, D.C. (former Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the US Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy)
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Overview of the Special Education Process Susan E. Sutler, David Clark School of Law, University of the District of Columbia
12:45 - 2 p.m. Lunch
2 - 4 p.m. Review of Major Caselaw Jane Wettach, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Children's Education Law Clinci, Duke Law School
4 - 4:45 p.m. Review: Q&A
5 - 6 p.m. Hosted Reception
Friday, January 18, 2008
8 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. An Introduction to Tests and Testing Linda Valentini, Psy. D., Philadelpha, PA
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Basic SPED Hearing Procedures and Management Techniques (I) Lyn Beekman, Special Education Solutions, Okemos, MI, with panel: Laurie Bennett, ALJ (MD); Sy DuBow, Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, Hearing Officer, District of Columbia
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. OSEP: How Due Process Hearings Fit into Dispute Resolution Procedures for Providing FAPE Larry Ringer, Associate Division Director for the Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division; Lisa Pagano, Education Program Specialist, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Basic SPED Hearing Procedures and Management Techniques (II) Lyn Beekman, Special Education Solutions, Okemos, MI, with panel: Laurie Bennett, ALJ (MD); Sy DuBow, Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, Hearing Officer, District of Columbia
4:15 - 5 p.m. Review: Q&A

Faculty

  • Lyn Beekman, Special Education Solutions and Special Education Hearing Officer, Okemos, MI
  • Laurie Bennett, Executive Administrative Law Judge and Director of Quality Assurance, Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings, Hunt Valley, MD
  • Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Director, Disability Rights Law Clinic, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC
  • Sy DuBow, Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law and Hearing Officer, District of Columbia, Washington, DC
  • Lisa Pagano, Education Program Specialist, Division of Monitoring and State Improvement Planning, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC
  • Larry Ringer, Associate Division Director, Division of Monitoring and State Improvement Planning, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC
  • Robert Silverstein, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC, Washington, D.C. (former Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the US Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy)
  • Susan E. Sutler, Associate Professor of Law, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia
  • Linda M. Valentini, Psy. D., Consulting Clinical Supervisor, Assessment and Treatment Alternatives and Special Education Hearing Officer, Philadelpha, PA
  • Jane Wettach, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Children's Education Law Clinci, Duke Law School, Durham, NC

Administration

  • S. James Rosenfeld, Academy Founder and Director; Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA
  • Jennifer Dabson, Director, Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC

First floor café seating